Acer Attacks U.S. Cloud Market with New Server and Storage Solutions

Acer America Corp. unveiled a new line of server and storage solutions aimed to regain company’s market positions on the booming U.S. market for cloud-based services. The company announced its family server and storage products include tower, rack, blade and multi-node solutions that are based on Intel® Xeon® and AMD Opteron™ processors aimed to provide solutions to wide range of customers from small and medium sized businesses to large data centers involved in cloud computing services.

Acer has steadily built one of the broadest lines of server and storage solutions in the world and now we are bringing this offering to the U.S. to meet customer demands for cost-effective performance, simplified management, flexible scalability, and return on storage investments over time,” Gianluca Degliesposti, vice president of worldwide business development for Acer Servers and Storage, said in a press release.
The company ranks second in the world in the PC and notebooks market but its North American operations lost momentum in the past couple of years, so Acer decided to attack the market with a new line of server and storage solutions.

Our initial family of 16 server solutions also leverages our deep expertise in virtualization, multi-node architectures and HPC to meet increasingly challenging needs in cloud computing and other complex computing applications. We plan to further expand our family this year to meet additional customer needs across the full range of server and storage environments,” Degliesposti added.

The new offerings cover all server platforms including tower, rack, multi-node and blade platforms. The company unveiled a solution targeting the Cloud market with its Acer rack multi-node server (Gemini AW series). Acer claims that these servers offer  increased performance, reduced size and optimal power and cooling while enabling applications to be run independently and in parallel using multi-node architectures in space saving 2U form factors. The Gemini AW series are designed to optimize performance, density and power efficiency for applications that require a high-density design with full remote control capabilities, the company said.

Other offerings include Acer tower server (AT) line which includes servers optimized for high price/performance ratios and incorporating one or two processors to maximize compute capabilities with increased I/O and storage options. These servers are designed to meet the needs of growing companies that are in process of expanding their operations and their IT load is increasing.

The Acer rack server (AR) line offers new rack-based servers designed to reduce power consumption, space and cooling costs. Another product line is named Acer blade server (AB) which features shared power, integrated Ethernet and Infiniband options.

Acer Network Attached Storage (AN) line provides customers with industry-standards-based storage systems with key features like data de-duplication and snapshot. This line includes the Acer AN1600 F1, which delivers up to 12 SAS or SATA hot plug drives and is protected by a robust operating system and key reliability features like RAID, redundant hot-plug power and redundant hot-plug cooling.

The company’s offering provides additional benefits like vertical integration not offered by other major server and storage players in the United States. Acer is known for its policy to vertically integrate manufacturing and configuration in the U.S. Supporting the requirements of government, HPC and other mission-critical applications.

In a growing Cloud Computing market most major players are expected to unveil new solutions to retain their market positions or grab market share. Acer is among those companies that explicitly state their intentions to attract new customers and we can expect other major players to strike back in the near future. The need for more data storage that is managed remotely is growing while cloud-based solutions are becoming widespread even among larger corporations and manufacturers like Acer realize  the Cloud is becoming a major driving force in the IT sector. Customers will only benefit from such a fierce competition among major market players while start-ups still can offer customized solutions and grab a market share.

By Kiril Kirilov

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